Yair Netanyahu, the outspoken son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took to Twitter on Thursday to remind Israeli voters that back in 2015, when Donald Trump was running for president, members of the Prime Minister’s main rival on the left-the Yesh Atid Party, signed a letter to ban Donald Trump from entering Israel.
Members of Knesset are not elected directly, but only as part of rosters of specific lists which participate in the general elections. To be represented in the Knesset, a party that takes part in the elections must pass the qualifying electoral threshold, which is currently 3.25%. Following elections to the Knesset, the lists of the parties, which passed the qualifying threshold receive a number of the 120 Knesset seats which is proportional to their electoral strength.
A recently published Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University reveals that: 46% of Jewish Israelis name Benjamin Netanyahu as their preferred candidate for the next prime minister. Despite this boost, 76% of Israelis are critical of the government’s handling of the crisis on Israel’s border with Hamas-run Gaza.